In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt included Wyoming in his 25-state tour of the western United States. He spent nearly three weeks in Yellowstone National Park, gave a speech in Newcastle, and on the return leg from California, left the train long enough for a well-publicized horseback ride from Laramie to Cheyenne, and two extra days politicking and socializing in Wyoming’s capital.
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|Kendrick, John B.||Cynde Georgen|
|King, Martin Luther, assassination of and Wyoming editorials||Phil White|
|Legislature, Wyoming, Riot of 1913||Gregory Nickerson|
|Lightning Creek, fight at, 1903||Lori Van Pelt|
|Lucas, Frank||Wyoming State Archives|
|MacKinnon, Anne, Casper Star-Tribune reporter and editor||Kerry Drake|
|Marking historic sites, history of in Wyoming||Kylie Louise McCormick, The Wyoming Monuments and Markers Program|
|McCraken, Tracy, Cheyenne newspaper publisher||Kerry Drake|
|McGee, Gale, U.S. senator 1958-1976.||Rodger McDaniel|
|Mead, Elwood and Wyoming's water law||Anne MacKinnon|
Politics & Government
Evanston lawyer Clarence Clark became Wyoming’s first congressional representative in 1890. In 1895, the legislature elected him to the U.S. Senate. Sen. F. E. Warren, Rep. Frank Mondell and Clark made an all-Republican congressional triumvirate for more than two decades until Clark lost to John B. Kendrick in 1916.
Largely forgotten today is the stiff local resistance that arose in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to the creation and later the expansion of a national park there. The story covers 31 years of controversy, and includes a Rockefeller, a movie actor and a group of armed ranchers trailing cattle illegally across a national monument, and some of the most beautiful scenery in North America.
Stephen Wheeler Downey was a prominent Laramie lawyer active in public life in Wyoming for more than 30 years beginning in 1869. He served in the territorial and state legislatures where he was an early supporter of votes for women and introduced legislation to found the university of Wyoming. He served in the U.S. Congress as Wyoming’s territorial delegate, as a member of the convention that drew up the state constitution in 1889, as president of the University of Wyoming trustees, and, at the beginning and end of his career, as Albany County’s prosecuting attorney. He died in 1902 and is buried in Laramie.